copyright Kim Smith 2008
There used to be an old saying that went, “watch out for that first step, it’s a killer”. Well, subbing your book is that way too. It seems like you will die from the fears, the waiting, and yes, even the rejection.
Here are five things to remember when you are subbing. I hope they help you.
1. Remember that you are not an island. Submission of novels is something that goes on all around the world. People from all countries are sending out their stuff. You are not alone. They feel as frightened and nervous about this process as you do so don’t feel like Lucy without Ethel.
2. It’s okay to fail. It’s a part of the whole writing experience. You write, edit, submit, get rejected. Eat chocolate and start again. It only takes one yes to get you on the road to a contract.
3. Take pains to move ahead. When you get a rejection, send out five more queries. You can’t let the first few no’s make you say no to yourself. That is a defeatist attitude and you don’t have one, right?
4. Get the word out. You have to play to be a player. You can’t win if you don’t play, so go on and submit to that agent you really want to hear from. When you get a letter requesting a partial or better, you will be so glad you did!
5. Follow directions. This goes without saying, but, respect the person(s) you are subbing to and send what they want. It would make me a little snarky to receive a non-fiction piece on boat-building when I only represent fiction and mystery fiction to be specific.
I am sure there are more good suggestions to writers subbing their work, but I think these are probably top dogs. I love to submit. It is like entering a contest. The competition is fierce and the other entrants are tremendously talented so you know if you get a nod, you have done something right.